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Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis
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Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis
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Showcasing the online campaigning tactics that are likely to dominate the final months of the 2020 presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden and his old boss, former President Barack Obama teamed up for a socially distant conversation to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the steps they believe need to be taken to right the […]

Trump cancels Florida portion of GOP convention as coronavirus cases surge: ‘Not the right time’
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Trump cancels Florida portion of GOP convention as coronavirus cases surge: ‘Not the right time’
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President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he’s told the Republican National Committee to cancel convention events in Jacksonville, Florida, as cases of the novel coronavirus surge in the state, saying “it’s not the right time.” “I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention,” he said at a […]

Trump says of Ghislaine Maxwell, ‘I wish her well’
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Trump says of Ghislaine Maxwell, ‘I wish her well’
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered sympathetic words to Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein who stands accused of facilitating the abuse of girls by the now-deceased sex offender. “I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said when asked about Maxwell during a news conference. Maxwell, 58, was denied bail last week and […]

Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities
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Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities
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President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways. DHS is slated to send about 150 Homeland Security Investigations agents to Chicago to help local law enforcement deal with a […]

Fox’s Chris Wallace gets praise for his interview with Trump
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Fox’s Chris Wallace gets praise for his interview with Trump
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As veteran journalists who now teach the craft to college students, Tom Bettag and Frank Sesno both said they will use Chris Wallace’s interview with President Donald Trump to show how it’s done well. “This was an ‘A-plus’ accountability interview,” said Sesno, who spoke to five presidents as a CNN Washington bureau chief and now […]

Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks
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Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks
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President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter’s question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in a pair of interviews Tuesday. In one interview, Trump seemed taken aback when asked why African Americans are still dying at the hands of […]

Nick Cannon will keep ‘The Masked Singer’ hosting job after his apology for anti-Semitic remarks
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Nick Cannon will keep ‘The Masked Singer’ hosting job after his apology for anti-Semitic remarks
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Fox has confirmed that it is sticking with Nick Cannon as the host of its popular reality competition series “The Masked Singer” following his apology for making anti-Semitic comments. During a June 30 episode of the actor’s YouTube series, “Cannon’s Class,” featuring Public Enemy rapper Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, the men discussed conspiracy theories including […]

Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges
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Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges
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Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, will remain behind bars until trial after she was denied bail Tuesday as a risk to flee rather than face charges she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago. Two Epstein accusers implored the judge to keep the British socialite detained after she […]

Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of president
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Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of president
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President Donald Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday that blames a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public. Mary L. Trump, a psychologist, writes that Trump is a compulsive liar whose reelection would […]

Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ July 4th celebration not without controversy
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Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ July 4th celebration not without controversy
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On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Donald Trump delivered his “Salute to America” speech that side-stepped politics and focused on the military, American history and cultural moments that ranged from the Revolutionary War to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. “Hello America, hello,” Trump said at the start of what he promised to […]

Trump at Mount Rushmore: Controversy, fireworks and personal fascination
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Trump at Mount Rushmore: Controversy, fireworks and personal fascination
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President Donald Trump’s trip to Mount Rushmore Friday for flashy fireworks and military flyover was the culmination of his years-long push to bring a July Fourth display back to the larger-than-life monument to four American presidents that has long fascinated him. But the visit also came as the nation in recent weeks faced a fresh […]

Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
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Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
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Ghislaine Maxwell, the former companion of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire on Thursday morning. Maxwell, 58, was charged by the Southern District of New York, which did not stop investigating Epstein’s associates after his death, with conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, perjury and […]

Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
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Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
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CIA Director Gina Haspel led a slate of intelligence officials to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to brief a select group of lawmakers on reports Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan. Following a briefing for the so-called “Gang of Eight” — party leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority […]

Marine commandant says families of fallen service members are ‘entitled’ to answers on alleged Russian plot
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Marine commandant says families of fallen service members are ‘entitled’ to answers on alleged Russian plot
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Gen. David Berger, the Marine Corps commandant, told ABC News on Tuesday that while he saw no evidence of Russians offering bounties to kill U.S. troops during his time commanding Marines in Afghanistan, the families of fallen service members are “entitled” to answers. “You just have to look at the facts like always, investigate thoroughly,” […]

Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it
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Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it
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President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video. The video appeared to have been taken at The […]

Russians offered Taliban bounties to kill US troops: Military official
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Russians offered Taliban bounties to kill US troops: Military official
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Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, amid peace talks to end the 18-year war there, a military official confirmed to ABC News on Sunday. U.S. intelligence agencies linked the effort to a Russian intelligence unit suspected of covert action and assassination attempts in […]

Madison Cawthorn says team ‘kept all politics local’ to win primary
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Madison Cawthorn says team ‘kept all politics local’ to win primary
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Millennial real estate investor Madison Cawthorn said, “You know we kept all politics local. We weren’t focused on D.C. Insiders,” when asked about how he achieved his recent primary victory on ABC’s “The View” on Friday morning. “Our message of faith, family, you know, individual responsibility and freedom really resonates with a lot of people […]

3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high
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3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high
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Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally […]

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for virus, forcing quarantines
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Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for virus, forcing quarantines
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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate and raising fears about the further transmission of the virus among Republicans at the Capitol. Paul, an eye surgeon, went into quarantine Sunday after learning his results. He said he has not had symptoms […]

Vice President Mike Pence, wife test negative for coronavirus as worldwide cases cross 300,000
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Vice President Mike Pence, wife test negative for coronavirus as worldwide cases cross 300,000
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As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases increases, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents. Oregon issued such an order on Friday night, joining states that include California, Illinois and New York. The respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica, and every state […]

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ends presidential campaign
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ends presidential campaign
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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced the end to her campaign following continued low placement in national polls, a weak finish during Super Tuesday and subsequent contests and failing to meet the thresholds to participate in the most recent series of Democratic National Committee sponsored debates. In a letter to supporters, Gabbard cited […]

Senate moving at ‘warp speed’ on $1T stimulus with $500B in checks to Americans
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Senate moving at ‘warp speed’ on $1T stimulus with $500B in checks to Americans
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who promised Tuesday that his GOP members would move at “warp speed” to craft a $1 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus package, introduced the bill Thursday afternoon. One provision in the bill — titled the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act,” or CARES Act — would send $1,200 checks to […]

Biden commits to female running mate, touts electability in heads-up debate with Sanders
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Biden commits to female running mate, touts electability in heads-up debate with Sanders
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It’s looking like a two-man race. As the entire presidential contest is upended by a global pandemic, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden — with their podiums 6 feet apart — faced off in the first one-on-one debate of the 2020 primary season. The novel coronavirus has thrust the 2020 campaign […]

Dow plummets nearly 3,000 points as coronavirus anguish on Wall Street wages on
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Dow plummets nearly 3,000 points as coronavirus anguish on Wall Street wages on
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 3,000 points, or 12.94%, at the close of Monday’s trading session as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to upend business and travel across the world. The S&P 500 dropped 11.99% and the Nasdaq was down 12.32%. Monday’s bloodbath was the worst day for stocks since the “Black Friday” […]

3 US troops wounded in new rocket attack on Iraq base: Pentagon
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3 US troops wounded in new rocket attack on Iraq base: Pentagon
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A new rocket attack against a base in Iraq housing servicemembers left three American troops wounded, according to the Pentagon. The U.S. military carried out retaliatory airstrikes on Thursday that targeted weapons facilities belonging to an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group blamed for a similar attack on Wednesday on the base that killed two American service […]

Doctor says Trump tests negative for coronavirus
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Doctor says Trump tests negative for coronavirus
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President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician. The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with […]

US military conducts airstrikes in Iraq in retaliation for rocket attack that killed 2 Americans
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US military conducts airstrikes in Iraq in retaliation for rocket attack that killed 2 Americans
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The U.S. military conducted airstrikes in various locations inside Iraq on Thursday targeting an Iranian-backed militia group it says is responsible for Wednesday’s rocket attack that killed two American service members, a British service member and wounded 14 others. In a statement, the Pentagon characterized the strikes as “defensive, proportional, and in direct response to […]

2 Americans among 3 service members killed in rocket attack on base in Iraq: Officials
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2 Americans among 3 service members killed in rocket attack on base in Iraq: Officials
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Two American service members and one British service member were killed in a rocket attack on a base in Iraq on Wednesday, according to two U.S. officials. The attack has the potential to once again ratchet up tensions in the Middle East. The U.S.-led coalition confirmed in a statement that 12 others were wounded when […]

Trump declares national emergency responding to coronavirus: Here’s what that means
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Trump declares national emergency responding to coronavirus: Here’s what that means
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When President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in the White House Rose Garden, he said it would “unleash the full power of the federal government.” Referring to “national emergency” as “two very big words,” he said designating the coronavirus crisis that way would allow him to quickly get $50 billion to states, territories […]

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on sex crime convictions
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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on sex crime convictions
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Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years on sex crime convictions in New York on Wednesday, following a landmark trial that spotlighted Hollywood power dynamics, predatory sexual violence and complex questions about the nature of consent and coercion. That sentence includes 20 years for criminal sexual assault in the first degree, which stems from an […]

Biden wins hard-fought Michigan, deals major blow to Sanders
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Biden wins hard-fought Michigan, deals major blow to Sanders
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Joe Biden decisively won Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president’s victory there, as well as in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, dealt a serious blow to Sanders and substantially widened Biden’s path to the nomination. Biden again […]

Sanders, Biden face the first major test as voters head to the polls in newly two-person race
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Sanders, Biden face the first major test as voters head to the polls in newly two-person race
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The second round of major voting begins Tuesday as voters head to the polls to weigh in on the Democratic primary– a contest which includes the key battleground state of Michigan. In that state as well as Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington state voters will have their say on the presidential race on […]

Booker endorses Biden, says he’ll ‘restore honor’ to office
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Booker endorses Biden, says he’ll ‘restore honor’ to office
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. Booker announced on Twitter early Monday that Biden will “restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges.” Booker ended his own presidential bid in January, pledging to do “everything in my power to elect […]

GOP Reps. Meadows, Collins and Gaetz to self-quarantine, interacted with infected individual at CPAC
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GOP Reps. Meadows, Collins and Gaetz to self-quarantine, interacted with infected individual at CPAC
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Two Republican members of Congress who interacted with President Donald Trump over the weekend announced Monday that they will voluntarily self-quarantine after discovering they interacted with a Conservative Political Action Conference attendee who tested positive for novel coronavirus. In response to an inquiry by reporters, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement late […]

Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden, the 9th former rival to back his presidential bid
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Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden, the 9th former rival to back his presidential bid
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California Sen. Kamala Harris announced Sunday morning that she is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden and will campaign alongside him in Michigan on Monday, becoming the 9th former presidential rival this cycle to back his bid. “When I started my run for president, I said America needs a president who reflects the decency and […]

Mark Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff
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Mark Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff
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President Donald Trump has replaced acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney after 14 months on the job, tweeting late Friday that he has tapped Rep. Mark Meadows to fill the role. Mulvaney will become U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland. The president shared the news in a tweet: “I am pleased to announce […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren suspends her presidential run
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren suspends her presidential run
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the progressive candidate who ran against corruption and pumped out more than 50 policy proposals during her campaign, suspended her presidential bid on Thursday. “I will not be running for president in 2020. But I guarantee I will stay in the fight for the hard-working folks across the country who’ve […]

Michael Bloomberg ends his presidential bid
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Michael Bloomberg ends his presidential bid
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Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, a centrist billionaire who launched a White House bid after years of flirting with a run, and pledged to use his vast resources to unite Democrats and moderate Republicans against President Donald Trump has suspended his campaign and is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden. His campaign was […]

Super Tuesday raises 2020 stakes as candidates face first national test
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Super Tuesday raises 2020 stakes as candidates face first national test
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The four early nominating contests might be over, but this week Democrats face a significant turning point in the 2020 presidential race when the candidates are tested on a national scale — potentially providing more clarity over who in the fractured battle will ultimately face President Donald Trump. With the single biggest day of voting […]

On Super Tuesday eve, Biden gets boost from former rivals
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On Super Tuesday eve, Biden gets boost from former rivals
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Rivals no more, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg united behind Joe Biden’s presidential bid on Monday as the Democratic Party’s moderate wing scrambled to boost the former vice president just hours before voting began across a series of high-stakes Super Tuesday states. The urgency of the moment reflected deep concerns from the Democratic establishment that […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar suspends her presidential bid
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar suspends her presidential bid
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, suspended her campaign Monday following an underdog third place finish in the New Hampshire primary and two sixth place finishes in Nevada and South Carolina — two states with substantially more diverse electorates. The Klobuchar campaign confirmed to ABC News that the senator is flying to Dallas to […]

Billionaire, liberal activist Tom Steyer ends presidential bid
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Billionaire, liberal activist Tom Steyer ends presidential bid
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Billionaire businessman and liberal activist Tom Steyer, who poured millions into a bid for the White House despite initially saying he would not seek the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2020, has ended his presidential bid. Running a campaign centered on rooting out corporate influence over American politics, and combatting the challenge of climate change, Steyer […]

What’s inside the US deal with the Taliban to end war and bring home troops
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What’s inside the US deal with the Taliban to end war and bring home troops
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In a historic signing ceremony with the top U.S. diplomat and the Taliban’s co-founder, the U.S. and the militant group agreed to begin to end America’s longest war. The deal will commit the U.S. to begin withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, in exchange for the Taliban sitting down to peace negotiations with other Afghans and […]

Biden looks for first 2020 victory in South Carolina primary
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Biden looks for first 2020 victory in South Carolina primary
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The Democrats’ 2020 nominating fight turned to South Carolina on Saturday for the first-in-the-South primary, with Joe Biden confident that his popularity with black voters will seal him a victory and help blunt some of front-runner Bernie Sanders’ momentum. Voting appeared to be moving smoothly after polls opened across the state at 7 a.m. They […]

Russia denies responsibility after strikes kill at least 33 Turkish troops in Syria
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Russia denies responsibility after strikes kill at least 33 Turkish troops in Syria
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Russia has denied it was responsible for airstrikes that killed dozens of Turkish soldiers on Thursday night in the Syrian province of Idlib, in an incident that has threatened to further escalate Syria’s civil war. NATO on Friday was holding an emergency meeting at Turkey’s request to discuss the situation in Idlib following the incident […]

Democrats demand investigation after whistleblower complaint on new coronavirus
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Democrats demand investigation after whistleblower complaint on new coronavirus
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Democrats are demanding a briefing from the Trump administration next week and urging an inspector general investigation after a whistleblower working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel reportedly alleging that more than a dozen employees were sent to receive the first Americans […]

Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight
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Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight
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The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a […]

Pence to lead US response to coronavirus as Trump urges Americans to prepare
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Pence to lead US response to coronavirus as Trump urges Americans to prepare
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence would lead the U.S. government response to coronavirus, after days of mixed messages from his administration about the threat to Americans. Trump told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening he was not labeling Pence a “czar.” “Mike will be working with the professionals, the […]

5 key takeaways from the South Carolina Democratic debate
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5 key takeaways from the South Carolina Democratic debate
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Seven Democratic candidates took the debate stage Tuesday in South Carolina to win over voters before the state’s primary on Saturday. The debate was the 10th in the election cycle and the final major debate before next week’s Super Tuesday races. Here are the key takeaways: Sanders takes heat as front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders is […]

Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts in sexual assault case
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Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts in sexual assault case
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Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood producer, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and of rape in the third degree in a New York court Monday. He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault and of rape in the first degree. Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, Weinstein’s defense […]

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal
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US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal
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A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. If successfully implemented, the weeklong “reduction in violence” agreement, which came into force […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses
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Sen. Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses
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Over 1,000 miles from where caucusgoers delivered his second consecutive early state victory, according to a projection by ABC News, Sen. Bernie Sanders celebrated with a rambunctious crowd in a San Antonio dance hall, showcasing his presidential campaign’s broader ambitions as he detailed his progressive agenda for a much larger audience watching across the country. […]

Trump’s Phoenix rally kicks off counterprogramming spree
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Trump’s Phoenix rally kicks off counterprogramming spree
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President Donald Trump is kicking off a West Coast campaign swing Wednesday with a rally in Phoenix, the first of three consecutive rallies in states that could be crucial to his reelection. Trump’s event at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum marks the first of three rallies in three states in three days — his biggest […]

Here are the 5 takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate
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Here are the 5 takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate
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There have been contentious arguments, strong policy disagreements and tense exchanges on the eight debate stages thus far in the primary cycle, and then there was Wednesday night’s brawl in Las Vegas. From its onset, the debate shedded any semblance of civility and exposed the strengths and weakness of the six Democratic contenders that stood […]

6 candidates to face off in Las Vegas debate, including Bloomberg for the 1st time: DNC
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6 candidates to face off in Las Vegas debate, including Bloomberg for the 1st time: DNC
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Six candidates have qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, including, for the first time, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday. The ninth debate of the cycle, set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET at the Paris Theater, will feature the following candidates, in alphabetical […]

Trump announces pardons for several high-profile individuals
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Trump announces pardons for several high-profile individuals
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President Donald Trump announced pardons for several high-profile individuals in addition to commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The White House announced that he had signed an executive order pardoning former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and later Tuesday, Trump said he would pardon New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik. […]

Despite Barr’s warning, Trump insists he has a right to intervene in criminal cases
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Despite Barr’s warning, Trump insists he has a right to intervene in criminal cases
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President Donald Trump on Friday morning broke almost 17 hours of silence following ABC News’ exclusive interview with Attorney General Bill Barr, pushing back on Barr’s warning not to interfere in criminal cases, insisting he has the “legal right” to do so. Trump repeated what he’s said previously — including just this past Tuesday — […]

Barr blasts Trump’s tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job’
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Barr blasts Trump’s tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job’
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In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case” but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr’s comments are a rare break with […]

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago
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Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago
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Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself in downtown Chicago, renewing a divisive criminal case that drew worldwide attention last year. The indictment came from a special prosecutor who was appointed after Cook County prosecutors […]

Emboldened Trump fires 2 officials who testified in impeachment inquiry
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Emboldened Trump fires 2 officials who testified in impeachment inquiry
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President Donald Trump on Friday fired a U.S. ambassador and a White House national security aide, both of whom testified in the House impeachment inquiry, as the newly emboldened president took retribution on officials he believed wronged him during the impeachment process. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, said late Friday Trump […]

Pete Buttigieg pressured at New Hampshire debate over marijuana arrests of black people as mayor
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Pete Buttigieg pressured at New Hampshire debate over marijuana arrests of black people as mayor
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Pete Buttigieg faced intense questioning at the Democratic debate over his time as mayor in South Bend, Indiana, when arrests of black people for marijuana possession were four times higher than that of a white person. Buttigieg disputed the claim during Friday night’s debate saying, “the reality is, on my watch drug arrests were lower […]

Trump impeachment trial: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote Wednesday
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Trump impeachment trial: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote Wednesday
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President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial resumed Monday with closing arguments — even though the outcome appears all but certain ahead of a final vote on acquittal set for Wednesday. Even though the trial continues, Trump has said he will go to the Capitol Tuesday to deliver his State of the Union address, as President Bill […]

Trump impeachment trial: Senate votes no to witnesses, acquittal vote Wednesday
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Trump impeachment trial: Senate votes no to witnesses, acquittal vote Wednesday
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Before Friday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial began, the spotlight was on four moderate GOP senators Democrats hoped would vote with them on allowing new witnesses, but by evening, after days of arguments meant to persuade the Republicans, Democrats had lost the crucial issue by a vote of 51-49. A member of the […]

Trump impeachment trial: Question period ends as GOP swing votes emerge
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Trump impeachment trial: Question period ends as GOP swing votes emerge
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Senators returned Thursday for a second day of questions to House managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team in his impeachment trial as attempts by Democrats to rally votes for new witnesses appeared to have stalled. Multiple Republicans tell ABC News they hope to move quickly to a vote to acquit the president as early […]

3 things to know after Tuesday’s Trump impeachment trial session
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3 things to know after Tuesday’s Trump impeachment trial session
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President Donald Trump’s defense team wrapped up opening arguments Tuesday, setting the stage for two days of senators asking written questions before voting as early as Friday on whether to consider having witnesses. Democrats had new hope of getting the witnesses they’ve fought for with word Tuesday evening that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had told […]

Senate impeachment trial: Trump legal team dismisses Bolton allegations
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Senate impeachment trial: Trump legal team dismisses Bolton allegations
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President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team on Tuesday wrapped up three days of opening arguments at his Senate trial but questions remained over whether senators will hear new witnesses, especially former national security adviser John Bolton. Trump’s lawyers addressed and dismissed reported allegations by Bolton that Trump told him he was withholding military aid to […]

3 things you should know after Monday’s impeachment trial proceedings
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3 things you should know after Monday’s impeachment trial proceedings
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The impeachment trial spilled into its second week on Monday, as President Donald Trump’s counsel presented more opening arguments on the Senate floor. It was the first day back following The New York Times’ bombshell report on Sunday that Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, had detailed in an unpublished manuscript a conversation where […]

32 hours in Iowa: Sanders packs schedule during mid-impeachment dash
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32 hours in Iowa: Sanders packs schedule during mid-impeachment dash
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The months-long speculation about how the U.S. senators-tuned-Democratic presidential candidates would juggle their dueling impeachment trial and campaign responsibilities came to a head this weekend, with Sens. Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren each returning to the trail as proceedings at the Capitol broke Saturday afternoon. For Sanders, I-Vt., the trial and […]

Trump impeachment trial: Democrats make case for ‘obstruction of Congress’
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Trump impeachment trial: Democrats make case for ‘obstruction of Congress’
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House managers, who continue to argue the Senate should subpoena additional witnesses and documents from an uncooperative White House, on Friday detailed President Donald Trump’s resistance in making their case for the second article of impeachment — “obstruction of Congress” — in their final day of arguments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Saturday’s […]

Senate impeachment trial: Democrats make their case against Trump
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Senate impeachment trial: Democrats make their case against Trump
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After about eight hours of presentation, the first day of arguments by the House managers in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump concluded just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Looking ahead, Rep. Adam Schiff said that on Thursday the managers “will go through the law, the Constitution and the facts as they apply to Article […]

Trump impeachment: GOP-led Senate rejects amendments, approves rules of trial
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Trump impeachment: GOP-led Senate rejects amendments, approves rules of trial
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In a marathon session that began at 1 p.m. Tuesday and lasted nearly 13 hours into the early morning, the Republican-led Senate rejected all 11 Democratic-proposed amendments en route to approving the rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The only changes to the rules proposed Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

The Senate impeachment trial so far: 3 things to know
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The Senate impeachment trial so far: 3 things to know
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Partisanship gripped Congress on Tuesday as Senate Republicans and Democrats clashed on the rules governing the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Here are three things to know: McConnell proposed a twist to the rules, then backed down Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he would put forward rules “very similar” to […]

Hillary Clinton on Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody likes him’
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Hillary Clinton on Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody likes him’
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton levied scathing attacks on Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new Hulu documentary and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Clinton, who competed for the 2016 Democratic nomination against Sanders and won, claimed that Sanders is unlikable and has been relatively unaccomplished during his congressional tenure. “He was in […]

Alan Dershowitz won’t say if the president did anything wrong
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Alan Dershowitz won’t say if the president did anything wrong
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Alan Dershowitz, who recently joined President Donald Trump’s defense team, refused in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” to endorse the formal declaration the president’s lead counsels submitted on Saturday. In a seven-page response to the articles of impeachment, Trump’s team called the charges “a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the […]

Senate passes USMCA trade deal amid impeachment proceedings
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Senate passes USMCA trade deal amid impeachment proceedings
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A revised trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA) was passed by the Senate on Thursday, marking the second victory this week for the Trump administration’s trade agenda. The largely bipartisan vote — 89-10 in favor of the legislation — comes only a day after President Donald Trump celebrated the signing […]

Warren and Sanders accuse each other of being liars after debate: Audio
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Warren and Sanders accuse each other of being liars after debate: Audio
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A day after a tense, muted exchange between presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the hosts of the debate released sound from the confrontation. Sen. Warren approached Sen. Sanders on stage after the Democratic debate in Iowa Tuesday night and told him she thought he called her “a liar on national TV,” according to […]

Articles of impeachment delivered to Senate, triggering historic trial of President Trump
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Articles of impeachment delivered to Senate, triggering historic trial of President Trump
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday formally set in motion the process of sending the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, triggering a historic trial set to begin on Thursday. At an “engrossment” signing ceremony for the House resolution naming the seven impeachment managers — the lawmakers who will present the […]

5 takeaways from the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses
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5 takeaways from the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses
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Six Democrats clashed on the smallest debate stage yet in Iowa, only 20 days before caucusgoers across the Hawkeye state are set to cast the first votes of the primary, bringing a heightened sense of urgency to the matchup Tuesday night. Amid visible fissures within the Democratic ranks, particularly among the top-tier, the seventh debate […]

Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
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Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
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Sen. Cory Booker suspended his presidential campaign Monday, the final act of a bid for the Democratic nomination defined by a persistent struggle to catch fire with voters and donors despite his relatively high profile and long-standing presidential ambitions. The news of the senator’s decision came weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where, despite a large […]

Warren says Sanders disagreed about woman being able to win presidency in private meeting
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Warren says Sanders disagreed about woman being able to win presidency in private meeting
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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren confirmed earlier reports Monday evening that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders disagreed with her that a woman could win in 2020 against President Donald Trump. “Bernie and I met for more than two hours in December 2018 to discuss the 2020 election, our past work together and our shared goals,” Warren […]

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake
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Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake
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In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three days had adamantly dismissed allegations of a missile strike as Western propaganda. It […]

After Steyer surges in two early state polls, Democratic debate to feature 6 candidates: DNC
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After Steyer surges in two early state polls, Democratic debate to feature 6 candidates: DNC
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After two early state polls propelled businessman Tom Steyer from the sidelines to the stage, six Democratic candidates — all of whom are white — are set to face off in Tuesday’s primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa., the Democratic National Committee announced Saturday. The first debate of the year — hosted by CNN and […]

Trump touts Soleimani killing at 1st 2020 campaign rally
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Trump touts Soleimani killing at 1st 2020 campaign rally
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President Donald Trump kicked off the 2020 election year at his first campaign rally by touting and defending his order to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and slamming his political opponents who questioned the move. “He was a bloodthirsty terror, and he’s no longer a terror. He’s dead,” Trump told the crowd gathered at the […]

GOP Sen. Mike Lee blasts officials for ‘insulting and demeaning’ Iran briefing
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GOP Sen. Mike Lee blasts officials for ‘insulting and demeaning’ Iran briefing
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President Donald Trump’s close, conservative ally Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was livid following a classified briefing that members of Congress received Wednesday by top officials on the decision to order an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which brought tensions with Iran to a boiling point. While most Republicans came out of the briefing […]

Trump announces ‘powerful’ sanctions but not military retaliation after Iran missile strikes
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Trump announces ‘powerful’ sanctions but not military retaliation after Iran missile strikes
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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday morning from the White House, de-escalating a crisis with Iran following its missile strikes overnight on two bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. “I’m pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” Trump said. “No Americans were harmed in last night’s […]

Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq, Pentagon confirms
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Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq, Pentagon confirms
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Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq on Tuesday evening, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps swiftly took credit, and one Iranian politician tweeted his nation’s flag — an apparent swipe at President Donald […]

Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated criminal trial begins today in New York City
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Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated criminal trial begins today in New York City
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Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial, which begins Monday in New York City, has already seen more backstage drama, intrigue, infighting and cast changes than the Hollywood legal thriller that it could very well become one day. It’s been more than two years since bombshell reports from the New York Times and The New […]

Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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President Donald Trump on Friday defended his order to kill a top Iranian general about 24 hours earlier, accusing him of “plotting imminent and sinister attacks” on American diplomats and military personnel. Making a short statement at Mar-a-Lago, using a teleprompter, Trump said, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not […]

Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race
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Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced the end to his campaign on Thursday. “It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today,” Castro tweeted. “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me […]

Protesters outside Baghdad embassy disperse, US citizens still warned to avoid area
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Protesters outside Baghdad embassy disperse, US citizens still warned to avoid area
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Protesters who attempted to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday and camped outside the compound overnight dispersed on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Marines guarding the embassy fired tear gas after the protesters lit a fire on the roof of the reception area, the Associated Press reported. Smoke could be seen rising from […]

Andrew Yang, pressed on health care, says he would ‘expand’ universal health care ‘over time’
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Andrew Yang, pressed on health care, says he would ‘expand’ universal health care ‘over time’
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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang defended his recently released health care plan, saying that he would work toward a “vision” of “universal health care for all Americans,” despite his plan not directly supporting “Medicare for All” or a public option. “We need to move towards universal health care that’s high quality and nearly cost free for […]

Amazon, Ring face $5 million proposed class action lawsuit that alleges camera ‘vulnerable’ to cyber-attacks
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Amazon, Ring face $5 million proposed class action lawsuit that alleges camera ‘vulnerable’ to cyber-attacks
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Amazon and Ring were slapped with a $5 million proposed class action federal lawsuit Thursday that alleges their camera systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Earlier this month, at least four families in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas reported that their Ring camera systems were compromised. In those cases, the customers say hackers tormented them with […]

Trump keeps up attacks on Speaker Pelosi as she holds up articles of impeachment
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Trump keeps up attacks on Speaker Pelosi as she holds up articles of impeachment
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday kept up his attacks on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she hates Republicans and accusing her of acting unreasonably. He criticized Pelosi for not quickly transmitting articles of impeachment to the Senate, telling reporters shortly after holding a Christmas Eve video teleconference call with members of the military, that Pelosi […]

Trump administration raises legal age to buy tobacco in US to 21
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Trump administration raises legal age to buy tobacco in US to 21
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President Donald Trump gave his stamp of approval on Friday to raising the federal age requirement of who can legally purchase tobacco products to 21 when he signed spending bills approved by Congress this week. This change means that in less than a year it will become illegal for anyone under 21 in the United […]

Eddie Murphy returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for 1st time in 35 years
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Eddie Murphy returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for 1st time in 35 years
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Eddie Murphy made his name as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” On the last episode of the decade, he finally returned after 35 years. The comedian was on 65 episodes of the show from 1980 to 1984. He also hosted the show in late 1984, but despite dozens of blockbuster films in the […]

Actor Kevin Costner returns to Iowa to support Buttigieg
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Actor Kevin Costner returns to Iowa to support Buttigieg
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“Field of Dreams” actor Kevin Costner returned to Iowa on Sunday to go to bat for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, pitching the small-town mayor as someone worth listening to in the crowded lineup of White House hopefuls. “Whether your road leads you to Pete, like mine has, that’s for you to judge,” Costner, a […]

Boeing Starliner successfully lands in New Mexico after aborted mission to International Space Station
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Boeing Starliner successfully lands in New Mexico after aborted mission to International Space Station
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The Boeing Starliner spacecraft successfully landed in New Mexico on Sunday morning after a failed mission to the International Space Station. The ship landed in White Sands at 7:58 a.m. ET. The unmanned spacecraft, which launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, was slated to stay at the space station until […]

Pelosi: Not sending impeachment articles to Senate until she sees details of trial process
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Pelosi: Not sending impeachment articles to Senate until she sees details of trial process
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday stood by her position that the House will not send the Senate the just-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump until she sees “the process that is set forth in the Senate” — how a trial would be structured. When asked at her weekly news conference if there’s […]